MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the Turkish people on Wednesday after the deadly terrorist attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport.
"We feel for the victims of the terrorist attack," Putin said.
Several suicide blasts hit the entrance, exit and a parking lot of the airport's international terminal at about 10 p.m. local time (19:00 GMT).
Following the blasts, the Istanbul airport was totally evacuated and closed. Hundreds of flights were canceled. However, Yildirim, who attended the scene of events, said later that the airport had resumed its air traffic in a normal mode. Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot canceled flights to and from Istanbul's Ataturk international airport on Wednesday.